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03/23/2020

Hazmat Employer’s Duty—Ensure Your Employees’ Training

The 49 CFR explicitly states that “hazmat employers” must ensure their “hazmat employees” are training to perform their essential job functions [49 CFR 172.702(a)]. But who exactly needs training and what kind of training is required? We answer these questions and more.

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03/18/2020

2.5M Pounds of Radioactive Fracking Waste Illegally Dumped at Oregon Landfill

A hazardous waste facility near Arlington, Oregon has been put on notice for allegedly dumping over 2.5 million pounds of radioactive fracking waste at its landfill, according to the Oregon Department of Energy (ODOE). Oregon law prohibits disposal of radioactive waste in the state.

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03/16/2020

Who's Using Electronic Manifests?

It's been nearly two years since EPA's electronic hazardous waste manifest system went live. We look at why so few manifests have been submitted electronically so far, and why you should make the switch as soon as you can.

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03/16/2020

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 3/16

In this week's Roundup, a pipeline company agrees to pay over $60 million to resolve alleged Clean Water Act violations from a 2015 oil spill outside Santa Barbara, CA. Plus, a Virginia recycling facility settles with EPA for $50K over alleged hazardous waste violations.

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03/10/2020

3 Waste Minimization Strategies for Chemical Products

Does the EPA require you to dispose of the product when it reaches its expiration date? No! Here are three strategies that may help prevent your commercial chemical products from adding to your RCRA compliance burden.

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03/09/2020

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 3/9

In this week's Roundup, an explosives manufacturer in Missouri is set to pay nearly $3 million for alleged improper disposal of explosives among other RCRA and Clean Water Act violations. Plus, EPA settles with an Arizona cold storage facility for $124K over alleged violations of chemical accident prevention regulations.

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03/02/2020

Two Hazmat Incidents Quickly Contained in Indiana and Arkansas

Last week, two different parts of the country faced what could have been significant hazmat disasters. Thankfully though, emergency professionals were quick to the scene in East Chicago, Indiana and Lonoke County, Arkansas.

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02/28/2020

US Hazardous Waste Generators Submit 2020 Biennial Reports

March 1 is here and it's an even numbered year, which means that large quantity generators should have already submitted Biennial Reports that cover activity from 2019. See what goes into the Biennial Report, including a couple of recent changes to the requirements from EPA's Generator Improvements Rule. 

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02/25/2020

EPA Enforcement Roundup: Week of 2/25

In this week's Roundup, a welding supply company and a motor manufacturer pay over $200K to resolve alleged Clean Air Act violations. Plus, EPA alleges a New England waste management company of violating Federal PCB regulations.

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02/25/2020

Are All D001 Wastes Flammable Hazardous Materials?

The words Ignitable and flammable seem like synonyms; in the most basic sense, both warn of a fire risk. But if you manage hazardous waste or ship hazardous materials, both terms should raise a red flag for you.  

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